We all need a little bit of magic...

What do you get when a young boy who believes in everything meets an old man magician who believes in nothing? A heart wrenching story of hope - 10-year-old Max wants to save his parents from splitting up and seeks out the Great Zabbatini for help, only to find that he needs to save the old magician as well. You'll cry, then you'll laugh.

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The Author
Emanuel Bergmann was born in Germany and is a journalist and translator. He has been living in Los Angeles since 1990. A bestseller throughout Europe, The Trick is now being published in several countries.

In 1934, a rabbi's son in Prague joins a traveling circus, becomes a magician, and rises to fame under the stage name the Great Zabbatini, just as Europe descends into World War II. When Zabbatini is discovered to be a Jew, his battered trunk full of magic tricks becomes his only hope of survival.

Seventy years later in Los Angeles, ten-year-old Max finds a scratched-up LP that captured Zabbatini performing his greatest illusions. But the track in which Zabbatini performs the spell of eternal love—the spell Max believes will keep his parents from getting a divorce—is damaged beyond repair. Desperate for a solution, Max seeks out the now elderly, cynical magician and begs him for help. With gentle wisdom and heartbreaking humor, this is an inventive, deeply moving story about a young boy who needs a miracle, and a disillusioned old man who needs redemption.

Street Magician Dave Duggan performs a unique card story version of "The Trick."
The Author
Emanuel Bergmann was born in Germany and is a journalist and translator. He has been living in Los Angeles since 1990. A bestseller throughout Europe, The Trick is now being published in several countries.
Early Feedback
"THE TRICK is a lyrical, uplifting, and funny story that will tug at all of your heartstrings. A true miracle from the first to the last page."
~ Armando Lucas Correa, bestselling author of THE GERMAN GIRL ~

Why Yes?
It'll make you cry. Then you'll cry some more. Then you'll smile, knowing it's going to be ok.

Why Now?
When the past is so dark and the present is so dire, we all need a bit of magic to give us a better future.

It's Like...
It's like Life Is Beautiful but with a happy ending.

Perfect For…
Perfect for fans of historical fiction who aren't wary of an emotional rollercoaster.

Heavy or Light?
Heavy on the pains from the past, light on the hope for a better future.